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How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Health?

How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Health?

At Astoria Dental Town, we specialize in gum disease treatments that not only protect your smile but also enhance your overall health. Under the guidance of Dr. Eduard Niyazov, DDS, and our dedicated team, we are committed to providing you with exceptional care and the most effective solutions. Don’t let gum disease compromise your health. Visit us and experience the benefits of a healthier mouth and a healthier you. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 30-60, Suite 2A, Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103.

How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Health? | Astoria Dental Town
How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Health? | Astoria Dental Town

Table of Contents:

Can gum disease cause other health problems?
Can gum disease make you feel unwell?
Can a gum infection affect your whole body?
What happens if gum disease goes untreated?

Can gum disease cause other health problems?


Gum disease is also commonly known as periodontitis. It involves a bacterial infection in the gums, typically due to a lack of care, which causes direct damage to the gums and bones around the gums, including teeth. Periodontitis may also cause other bodily harm if it enters your bloodstream, potentially resulting in a vast array of other complications. Gum disease is often linked with respiratory diseases, coronary artery disease, rheumatoid arthritis, underweight, and preterm birth, as well as blood sugar problems for those with diabetes. Gum disease may also be linked with certain mental health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, and other autoimmune diseases. Additionally, whether or not periodontitis affects the health of the cardiovascular system is still a highly debated topic today. Although there are many possible issues that periodontitis puts you at an increased risk for, and it may seem demoralizing, it is important to remember that there are ways to combat gum disease. Catching gum disease early on may allow for a greater chance of avoiding these issues. However, periodontitis is preventable and treatable, so even if you do get it, progression can be stopped before it causes further complications.

Can gum disease make you feel unwell?


Often in the earlier stages, a precursor to gum disease–known as gingivitis–will manifest, causing only minor problems that may be overlooked. Some of the symptoms that cause you to feel unwell may include bleeding gums, red and red-purple gums, swollen gums, tender gums, and more. Despite this, the pain and discomfort from gingivitis may not be significant enough to warn some of further damage. Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, may cause more severe symptoms that make you feel unwell. Chills, fever, a runny nose, and constantly swollen and tender gums may be possible results of periodontitis. Other painful symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding gums, pus in between the gums and teeth, and significant jaw pain. To add to this, the other diseases and complications linked to periodontitis may cause symptoms in their own right. The symptoms of gum disease may cause you to feel sick, in pain, and discomfort, so it is important to maintain your dental hygiene before developing, and when preventing the progression of periodontitis. The mouth is a passageway to the rest of your body, so keeping it healthy plays a vital role in your overall health too.

Can a gum infection affect your whole body?


Dental infections and gum disease are capable of compromising the health of your entire body. This usually happens when the infection, or bacteria, enters the bloodstream, spreading to other parts of the body. As a result, you may feel fatigued or have a general feeling of unwellness. You could experience persistent aches and pains in the head, jaw, and ears. Dizziness, chills, fever, increased heart rate, lightheadedness, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea may all be additional signs of a spreading infection. Prevention of dental infections in general begins with regular care of the mouth, making sure to clean at least twice per day, followed by regular checkups at the dentist. This is typically enough to avoid and lower your chances of receiving this type of infection. Regular checkups with your dentist may also aid in catching any infections early on so that they are unable to develop further and cause even more damage.

What happens if gum disease goes untreated?


Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, and frequently the only reversible stage. It is a precursor to periodontitis or advanced gum disease. Gingivitis often develops if you neglect or have inconsistent dental care. It may cause symptoms such as bleeding of the gums, inflammation of the gums, or redness of the gums. Because the symptoms are quite mild at this stage, it may be difficult to identify without aid from a medical professional. This is why gingivitis is often left untreated, where it can develop into periodontitis. As a more severe degree of gum disease, periodontitis can cause infection to eat away at the bones in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and then fall out over time. If left untreated, the pockets where the bone used to be will deepen, further causing irreversible damage and leading the way to other health issues. Luckily, due to the nature of the symptoms of periodontitis, it is difficult to get to the more severe stages without realizing something is wrong. When you notice something is wrong, you should seek help from your dentist ASAP, so that the progression of periodontitis can be stopped.

Discover the hidden dangers of gum disease and safeguard your health with Astoria Dental Town. Often underestimated, gum disease is not just a dental concern it’s a serious health issue that can affect your entire body. By addressing gum disease early with professional care, you can prevent complications. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 30-60 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103. We serve patients from Astoria NY, Long Island City NY, Manhattan NY, Murray Hill NY, Bronx NY, South Richmond Hill NY, and surrounding areas.